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Alexandria Police, USPIS Conducting Joint Investigation into Post Office Robbery

Suspect implied weapon and demanded cash, police say.

Police investigating a Jan. 10 robbery at the post office located at 1908 Mount Vernon Ave. (Photo credit: Drew Hansen)
Police investigating a Jan. 10 robbery at the post office located at 1908 Mount Vernon Ave. (Photo credit: Drew Hansen)

Local police and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service are conducting a joint investigation into the Friday afternoon robbery of the U.S. post office in the 1900 block of Mount Vernon Avenue in Del Ray, the Alexandria Police Department announced Monday afternoon.

Police said the suspect is described as a black male, approximately 5-foot-8 to 5-10 with a thin build. The suspect was seen wearing a black mask, a green military style jacket and red or brown utility pants.

The suspect entered the post office at approximately 4:15 p.m. Jan. 10, implied a weapon and demanded cash, police said.

The suspect exited the post office with an undisclosed amount of money and left the scene in a vehicle on nearby Clyde Avenue, said a witness to part of the incident who asked to remain anonymous.

There were no injuries in the incident. Several customers were in line at the post office when the robbery occurred.

The suspect also robbed a customer in line at the post office and attempted to rob another, Del Ray Citizens Association President Bill Hendrickson said Monday evening. Hendrickson said he received the info from a ranking police official. 

Anyone with additional information about the robbery is urged to call APD’s Criminal Investigations Section at 703-746-6711.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service, which polices crimes that "crimes that may adversely affect the postal system and postal employees, is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the robbery suspect. The USPIS can be contacted at 1-877-876-2455 (selection Option 2). The USPIS assures all information will be kept confidential.

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